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Lawyer - Planning

Employer: Oxford City Council

  • Reference: 001240
  • Published on: Wed 27/09/2017 11:55 AM
  • Closing on: Sun 22/10/2017 23:56 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time, Permanent
  • Hours: 37 hours per week.
  • Salary: G9 to G10 £42,452 to £50,279 per annum Career Grade – dependant on experience (pro-rata for part time)
  • DBS Check: Yes
  • Location: Oxfordshire

We are Oxford City Council’s in house legal practice operating at the heart of historic Oxford. We provide the full range of legal services to one of the most efficient, effective and ambitious councils in the country with high aspirations for the city.


We currently have an opportunity for a qualified solicitor, barrister or legal executive with significant experience in planning. This is a key role in a City of national significance and you should have an excellent track record of dealing with complex and high profile planning matters in a local authority context, including providing advocacy in courts, tribunals and public inquiries.


We are looking for an enthusiastic, proactive and credible individual, with a commitment to excellent customer service to join our team. You should be a team player, be flexible in approach and be willing to get involved in all areas of planning work. We are an ambitious service and are looking for someone that wants to play a prominent role in developing and improving the service.

This is a career graded role and appointment will depend upon experience. To discuss this further, please give us a call.


About us


Oxford City Council prides itself on delivering high quality, cost effective public services. Oxford is a world class city and the Council has high aspirations for its services and employees. We are a multi award winning Council and in 2015 we secured Champion IiP status along with Overall IiP Employer of the Year 2015, demonstrating our commitment to our employees and their wellbeing. We also scooped the Association of Public Sector Excellence Council of the Year award in 2015 and the Municipal Journal Best Achieving Council prize in 2014.


With over 1,200 staff dedicated to delivering the best service possible to our communities now is a truly exciting time to be working in Local Government. We are all about going above and beyond to improve outcomes for local people, and you might be surprised at the range and quality of services we provide.

We offer a great range of benefits which include generous holiday from 28 days per year plus bank holidays, Local Government defined benefit pension scheme, subsidised leisure membership, discounted travel and the ability to work flexibly in many of our roles. We offer well defined opportunities through our learning and development programme. We also support our staff through the employee wellbeing programme with a range of services including resilience training, an employee assistance programme and support via our dedicated occupational health service.


How to apply


More information is available on the role profile document. Please read this document to ensure that you meet our requirements. More information about working for the Council, our values and vision, is available on our web site.


Applications should be made via our online application system (no CVs please).
For further information and how to apply online, please visit www.oxford.gov.uk
If you are unable to access our website please call 01865 252848 or 07483 011151 for Direct Services roles.


Note: For roles that require a DBS Certificate (Enhanced and or Barred List check), candidates are required to supply their complete work history. Please ensure you explain any gaps in your work history.

Closing Date: 22 October 2017 Late applications will not be processed

Interview Date(s): 1 November 2017


For an informal discussion about the post please contact either Amanda Ball, Team Leader on 01865 529565 or e-mail or Lindsay Cane, Legal Services Manager on 01865 252570 or e-mail


We want our workforce to reflect the diversity of the community we serve so we welcome applicants from all communities. As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for any vacancies.


Oxford City Council is not currently licensed as a sponsor and cannot employ migrant workers outside the European Economic Area and Switzerland under the Point Based System rules, issued by the UK Border Agency.

How To Apply

Please apply online via the link provided.

Please note, we do not accept CVs.

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